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Children as Young as 12 Are Making Clothing for Old Navy in Bangladesh

Photos by Anjali Kamat for Al Jazeera Al Jazeera America certainly didn’t pull any punches when it made its anticipated debut. The news channel, the latest offshoot of the…

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VIDEO: Gap Defends Its Decision Not to Sign Bangladesh Safety Accord

Photo by Northfoto/Shutterstock As dozens of anti-sweatshop protestors faced arrest outside Gap’s annual shareholder meeting in San Francisco on Tuesday, the retail giant defended…

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Ceiling Collapse at Cambodia Shoe Factory Kills 2, Injures 9

Photos by Heng Sinith for Associated Press The ceiling of a small shoe factory outside the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh collapsed early Thursday, killing at least two workers and…

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A&F Would Rather Destroy Its Clothes Than Donate Them to the Homeless

If you thought Abercrombie & Fitch couldn’t get more offensive, you’d be wrong, oh so wrong. After CEO Mike Jeffries drew fire last week for deliberating excluding…

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Another Fire Breaks Out in Bangladesh as Rana Plaza Death Toll Tops 900

Photo by Associated Press File this under “We wish we were kidding.” As the death toll from a building collapse in Bangladesh climbed past 900, a fire tore through an…

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How Much Lead is in Your Lipstick? FDA Study Uncovers Worst Offenders

Photo by Shutterstock The quest for the perfect red pucker may not be all that cracked up to be. In a recent investigation of lip products commonly found in drug and department stores…

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Death Toll In Bangladesh Factory Collapse Rises Above 650

Bangladeshi authorities have confirmed more than 657 deaths after the eight-story Rana Plaza collapsed just outside the South Asian nation’s capital of Dhaka on April 24. Murder…

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Fire Breaks Out at Collapsed Bangladesh Factory Site, Owner Arrested

Photo by A.M. Ahad for Associated Press Mohammed Sohel Rana, the fugitive owner of the eight-story building that collapsed and killed at least 385 people last week near the Bangladesh…

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Several Arrests Made as Bangladesh Factory Death Toll Soars to 348

Photos by A. M. Ahad and Andrew Biraj for Reuters Bangladeshi authorities have arrested at least seven people, including two factory owners and two engineers, three days after this…

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Death Toll in Bangladesh Factory Collapses Exceeds 300, Riots Ensue

Photo by A.M.Ahad for Associated Press As thousands of Bangladeshis swarmed the streets of Dhaka to express their anguish on Friday, setting fire to vehicles and wrestling with police,…

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VIDEO: Death Toll at Bangladesh Factory Collapse Rises to 228 People

Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters The death toll in the Bangladesh garment-factory collapse on Wednesday has risen to at least 228 people, per the latest numbers from Reuters.…

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Bangladesh Garment-Factory Collapse Kills Nearly 100 People

Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters NOT AGAIN One firefighter told Reuters that around 2,000 people were in the building when the upper floors caved into those below. Mohammad…

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Gap Turns Indonesian River Into an Unnaturally Multicolored Chemical Soup

MIND THE GAP “Gap’s latest advertising campaign declares that we should ‘Be Bright,’ but by collaborating with toxic suppliers Gap’s clothes are turning the Citarum into a…

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Walmart Refuses to Compensate Bangladesh Fire Victims

Looks like there are limits to Walmart’s largesse. After announcing its $1.6 million contribution towards the establishment of an Environmental Health and Safety Academy in…

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Zara Faces Slave-Labor Allegations...Again

Zara is under investigation by Argentinian authorities over its alleged use of slave labor. The South American nation’s Government Control Agency raided a series of factories…

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Apple Pulls "Sweatshop" Game, Has No Concept of Satire or Irony

Irony alert? Pocket Gamer reports that Apple has pulled Sweatshop, a satirical game designed to raise awareness about the inequities of forced labor, from its App Store because it was…

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Beyoncé Orders Custom Trainers Made of Anaconda, Stingray, Ostrich

Beyoncé may be one of the top-selling performers of our time but her latest move isn’t likely to win her points with animal lovers. According to a blog post by Perfectly Made…

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Europe Only Recycles 25 Percent of Textile Waste, Says New Report

Photo by Shutterstock If there’s one thing Americans shouldn’t do as the Europeans do, it’s textile recycling. Of the 5.8 million tons of fabric waste Europeans…

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